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. welcome to our viewers around the world. has the cnn special report on the ongoing crisis in japan. i'm don lemon. >> hello. over the next hour, an indepth look at the unbelievable tragedy that unfolded in japan in recent weeks, from the first tremors to a crushing tsunami, to the brink of a nuclear meltdown. >> and also the latest fallout from japan's nuclear disabled plant, and radiation exposure to the public and food supply. >> but first we have a disturbing story developing out of libya. >> there's video of an hysterical woman bursting into a tripoli hotel filled with journalists. her name is iman and she is screaming a horrifying story accusing 15 members of the militia of raping and beating her over a two-day movement. >> they moved to shut her up. all the while dragging her away from uncertain fate. they smashed cameras, including ours, trying to destroy the evidence. we did get this video of it. let's get to nick robertson who is staying at that hotel for more. >> reporter: the lady came into the hotel this morning. she was screaming. she was a middle aged woman. she seemed f
assist in japan after the huge earthquake and tsunami. >>> also, conflicting reports on a possible nuclear meltdown there. what's actually happening? >>> all of this causing a sizeable economic impact in japan, the u.s. and beyond. you're in the cnn news room. i'm fredricka witfield. we'll get to all of those angles in japan and beyond. but first, a look at some other top stories. in the middle east, yemeni security forces fired guns and tear gas at protesters outside sanaa university today. at least 110 people were hurt. protesters are angry over high unemployment and what they see as government corruption and a lack of political freedom. >>> two men with ties to egypt's former leader have been arrested for orchestrating this assault on protesters in cairo's tahrir square. armed attackers charged through the crowd on horses and camels last month. nine days later, hosni mubarak was overthrown. >>> and in the u.s., new york police and the ntsb are investigating a bus crash that killed 14 people. there are conflicting reports about what caused the bus to flip and swerve into a pole y
and tsunami that rokd japan may be over, but the danger for the millions there remains. there have been hundreds of aftershocks and perhaps the biggest concern, damage to one of the country's nuclear reactors. good morning. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, i'm randi kaye. >> i'm becker anderson coming to you from london. it's saturday, march 12th. welcome to our special coverage of the quake and tsunami disaster. >> it is just after midnight in japan. it's sunday there now. the biggest concern this hour, an explosion at a nuclear power plant. aftershocks continue to hit japan. the latest within the last couple of hours. several countries coming to the aid of japan. a search and rescue team from los angeles among those emergency personnel headed to japan. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck japan's northeastern coast. at least 900 people are dead. in one town alone, 9500 people missing. that is more than half of that community's population. an undetermined number are injured. highways in that part of japan are damaged and utility s
and let it play for you just as it was covered in the news in japan. take a look. >> that's how it all unfolded. right after the tsunami an earthquake hit. of course, after this, the initial shock. then came the damage. take a look at this new video coming in. craters in the streets all over japan, and that is just to start. and, again, all of these images are coming to us from japanese television. and as we go through this broadcast, we're just going to talk over the video and just let you look at it for yourself. look at this. that was probably a neighborhood once. now it's a field of destruction. these are the streets. police on the streets. cars trying to get through when they can. most of it, we're told, is just uninhabitable. look at that. people trying to figure out exactly what's going on. they're wearing masks. many people close to the source of that explosion at a nuclear plant have been wearing radiation suits. and a lot of this, again, coming to us from japanese television. it is incredible to see these images. >>> also happening as we speak, rescues from the rubble and the
the hard-hit area in northern japan. he just learned his mother is alive and so is his sister, who's still trapped at her workplace in sendai. >> how do you feel now? >> i'm just happy kind of. >> you feel relieved, i imagine. >> yeah, relieved. >> but it's bittersweet because he says so many others have lost so much. thelma gutierrez, cnn, los angeles. >>> top of the hour, a look at the top stories. help is coming from all directions to earthqua earthquake-devastated japan. these are search dog teams arriving from south korea. u.s. military ships are delivering food and relief supplies and a british rescue team is scheduled to arrive on sunday with heavy lifting equipment and 150 rescue experts and search dogs from virginia and california are on their way to japan to help right now. >>> a few people have tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something inside the plant exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >>> and hawaii is moving to get
has been evacuated. japan says the amount of radiation leaked is small. the u.s. navy is repositions away from the plant after low levels of radiation found on crew members who took place in a relief mission. correspondents are in place all over the nation. you will hear from them throughout the day. >>> a new explosion at an already damaged nuclear plant has japan and the world on edge. this is from the fukushima daiichi plant. we understand the fuel rods were exposed at reactor number two. that is dangerous. it could mean big problems down the road. according to the "new york times" the "uss ronald reagan" sailed into a radioactive cloud and crew members were exposed to low level radiation and had to be treated. now the "uss ronald reagan" is moving out to sea. here is stan grant and what he had to say about the threat of a nuclear crisis. >> we have been focusing on the one and three reactor at the daiichi plant. the number two cooler was knocked out. that is dangerous territory if the water level drops too quickly. as they did with one and three, they pumped sea water into reacto
out of japan. >>> it is 2:00 a.m. tuesday in japan where fears of a nuclear meltdown are only part of the national nightmare, and maybe not even the biggest part. twice now since friday's catastrophe earthquake and tsunami, explosions have rocked the nuclear plant 40 miles south of sendai. you can see the smoke in the distance. the latest happened just hours ago, injuring workers, knocking out the cooling system for another reactor that had been mostly unscathed. workers are scrambling and right now failing to keep the reactor cool from sea water. we'll get much more in a live report in just a moment. >>> elsewhere the focus is people, finding them, saving them, feeding them, reuniting them. it's being done with boats, helicopters and even bicycles. this man has been riding from one shelter to another in search of his wife. 2,000 japanese are unaccounted for. still survivors who have nothing else are refusing to let go of hope. >> translator: i'm looking for my daughter. our home is gone so she wouldn't know where to go. as other family members are safe, i only hope my daughter is
in japan's history an emperor gone on television to address a national crisis. the emperor akihito told the japanese people not to lose hope three reactors damaged at the plants. this is a view up above. that is reactor three on the left-hand side of your screen and reactor four in the middle. if you can determine that. radiation levels surged after that white cloud of smoke was seen coming from reactor three. the fear there is a crack in the steel and concrete shell that insulates radioactive material as cnn stan grant tells us, even nuclear experts are stumped by this white cloud. >> they are looking into exactly what has caused that and they are still working on whether this consumption vessel that surrounds the core of the nuclear reactor holding in the more nasty radioactive substances has, in fact, than breached. this is an ongoing concern. they have assumptions about what is happening but they can't get in and have a look at it. remember, as well, the work is from the plant today workers from the plant today were forced to evacuate themselves and after a fire in the reactor numbe
five minutes. >> live from studio seven, it's monday, march 14th midnight in japan. we want to get you up to speed on the tsunami that rocked japan. the official death toll is more than 1800, but thousands more are missing. that number will go up as those searching reach more hard hit areas. in the middle, amazing stories of survival. one man explains what kept him going. >> i thought i was dying when i was pushed in the water. for my folks and my family, i decided to make every effort is to survive. >> grim news from the east coast. crews found about 2,000 bodies in the region according to kyoto news agency. if confirmed this would be the largest discovery of bodies from the earthquake and tsunami. >> people in japan dealing with fears of a nuclear disaster. a second explosion can damage the power plant today. a cabinet secretary said 11 people were hurt, but no massive leakage was detected. still many were worried. >> i'm scared because i can see the radiation. >> tests found low levels of radioactive contamination on 17 crew members from a helicopter. they returned to the uss ronald
but be concerned about what's really going on. >> yeah, absolutely. emily peck on the line in japan in the town of koriyamma. she grabbed her passport and started running. at least she's now safe. >>> two extraordinary scenes. those cracks in the grounds we saw in some of the images and the ground apparently will not stop shaking in much of japan. strong aftershocks making rescue that much harder. >>> concerns about nuclear reactors in the quake zone. people nearby are being told to get even further away from them. >>> and the world responds. aid, supplies, food and equipment all beginning to arrive. i'm fredericka whitfield. >> i'm john borse from cnn international and you're watching breaking news. the disaster in japan. let's get you updated. >> it is right now the middle of the night in japan where half the people in one northern town are still unaccounted for. that's about 9500 people. the town is right on the coast very close to the earthquake's center and where the tsunami crashed ashore yesterday. a major concern right now, 10 nuclear reactors near the quake site are shut down. a huge e
the biggest earthquake and tsunami in japan. aftershocks are a given, but the latest jolt with the preliminary magnitude of 6.4 was apparently not an aftershock at all but a new earthquake in its own right. the quake on friday and most of the tremors since have been northeast of the capital. that's where the loss, the devastation, they're simply too much to bear. the official death toll stands at 3,373 with more than twice that number officially listed as missing. the real numbers are unknown, certainly much higher. here's a more solid number for you. 91, that's the latest count of countries big and small offering some kind of help, according to japan's foreign ministry. through it all the most immediate crisis is the fukushima daichi nuclear plant. all three reactors that were online at the time of the quake have endured explosions in the building that housed them. earlier today a fire broke out in a building that houses a fourth reactor and the radiation went into the atmosphere. the fire is out now. the government says radiation levels at the plant are no longer harmful to human health. tha
where you left off. more than ever, when we talk about the nightmare in japan, we're really talking about two nightmares. the nuclear one and everything else. again today, fire broke out at that devastated fukushima daiichi plant. and another blast of radiation escaped, for reasons still not entirely clear. the few remaining workers had to leave but they came right back in even greater numbers when the danger eased. this crisis stems from overheated fuel rods but elsewhere in japan, a cold snap, including snow, adding to the misery. searching, supporting, surviving, all of it is made more grueling because of the weather. officially the death toll topped 4,000, with more than 8,000 considered missing. this woman is scouring the rubble for her uncle. she thought she may have found his shoe. the nation heard from the emperor, reserveder pot direst of national emergencies. the emperor act key per act hes heart is broken. the volunteer utility workers who have been exposed to life-threatening radiation levels ots fukushima daiichi. their company hasn't released personal information abou
>>> the sun will be rising soon over japan. day two since the country's biggest ever earthquake flattened cities and cents a tsunami smashing into the coast. of course it's too soon to hammer down a death toll, but japanese television reports that more than 900 people are dead. that figure doesn't include casualties in hard-hit areas not yet reached by rescue crews. in one coastal town about half the population is still unaccounted for and that's about 9500 men, women and children. >>> meantime, a few people have actually tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >> and in some japanese towns today, no two ways to say it. the destruction is complete. nearly no structure is standing. nearly no car is right side up. people we have talked to say they felt strong aftershocks throughout the night. so one of those correspondents just arriving in tokyo within the past 24 or so is martin sav
from a horrific earthquake and tsunami. plus this. video coming out of japan is devastating and this is some of the most compelling. a roof collapse is captured in a theater. we're devoting most of this hour to the amazing video and images captured by those who witnessed it up close. i'm talking about cnn ireporters in japan. it is a special ireport newscast here. >>> and there's lots of other big news happening right here in the u.s. look at those pictures, including a tragic bus accident in new york city that killed at least 14 people. a live report just moments away. i'm don lemon, thank you for joining us. let's get you caught up on the news right now. >>> let's start in japan where the eyes of the world or on the devastation there. the clock is particularing to find survivors after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed. crews have rescued more than 3,000 people but thousands more are missing, nearly 10,000 in one town alone. japanese media report the death toll is more than 900, but that number is expected to rise. six million households are without
the will and the determination to come back after something like this, it is japan. and we'd like to encourage you to help them. they need it. we've made it really easy for you. just go to our web page cnn.com/impact. >>> and now it's time for me to pass it over to brooke baldwin. brooke, you can't help but want to help these people when you look at these images? >> absolutely. cnn.com/impact. thank you, randi. >>> i want to begin this newscast today with an image i cannot shake. an entire village wiped out in 90 seconds. 90 seconds for the ocean to swell and overtake this one town while those who live there, those who had moved quickly enough, watched from higher ground. watch this with me. >> doesn't that just take your breath away? imagine you're one of the fortunate perched atop this hill watching your home, your town, people scrambling in the bottom left watching it all being wiped away. that was friday in miyagi prefecture. the twin forces in that tsunami were just the beginning. look at this. we have the satellite photo from digital globe and it shows the damage to the reactors at the fukushima daiichi
mobilizing. >> what we're seeing from japan is incomprehensible. so much damage, so much misery. these aerial pictures are from the japan broadcasting corporation nhk. you can see what the monster waves did to one area. i-reporter harrison payton sent us these pictures. it was so strong he could barely stay on his feet. japan's government says efforts to cull the reactor at the fukushima power plant. the blast injured four workers, crumbled concrete wars and is heightening fears of a nuclear meltdown. stan grant, authorities plan to give out iodine to residents in fukushima. how big a problem is this at this point? >> reporter: yeah, you're right, becky. and that iodine would work to offset the impact of any radiation. i can also bring you some reports that are circulating here in japanese media. i stress that cnn haven't independently confirmed this, but japanese authorities reporting that some workers at the plant have had exposure to radiation. this nuclear emergency became even more critical -- a loud explosion was heard. then we saw these plumes of smoke heading in to the sky. and that r
their lives. anna coren, cnn, japan. >>> next, what you can do to help displaced children in january. nationwide insurance. talk to me. should i bundle all my policies with nationwide insurance ? watch this. on one hand, you have your home insurance with one company. and on another hand, you have your auto with another. and on another hand, you have your life with another. huh... but when you bundle them all together with nationwide insurance... ... they all work together perfectly-- and you could save 25%. wow... it's all in the wrists. ♪ nationwide is on your side >>> dozens of countries are offering to help japan as it recovers from the big earthquake and tsunami. take a look at this map. the countries in gold have either already sent crews or supplies or announced as they will. even the poor afghan city of kandahar announced it is donating $50,000 to what it called its brothers and sisters of japan. >>> the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier uss "ronald reagan" is now in japan, already started delivering aid in the coastal regions as it spores the relief operation. >>> and one of
that there hasn't been a broader call for help from japan may have something to do with it. relief efforts right now are focused on immediate needs like food, water and medical care. all goods and services that can be purchased locally. internationally charities like the red cross, world vision and save the children are on the ground doi ining exactly that already. that's why cash donations now directed at those charities may be the best thing americans can do to help the victims when their need is the most. for more information, go to cnn.com/impact. >>> that's it for me. brooke baldwin takes over now with "newsroom". >>> my promise to you, we won't get too far from japan chblt we'll get to the new images and information there in just a moment. >>> first, i want you to listen to what secretary of state hillary clinton has now just told cnn's wolf blitzer. >> we don't want any ambiguity. only the security council can authorize action, and if they do authorize action, there needs to be a true international response, including arab leadership and partnership. >> wolf is traveling right along with
in the united states and around the world to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. it is midafternoon there right now and we want to bring you up to date on information that we have from a nation overwhelmed by two disasters as well as concern and anxiety over an emergency at a nuclear plant. six people have been injured in a new explosion in northeastern japan. it was a hydrogen blast occurring at the building that houses the number three reactor within the country's daveny nuclear plant. now, officials say the number three reactor was not damaged in today's explosion. also a horrific discovery. they found 2,000 bodies at northern japan's miyagi prefecture which was the hardest hit during friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. those bodies tragically add to the official death toll of more than 1600 and all-out search for survivors is still under way. well, cnn's stan grant is in tokyo following the latest developments at the two nuclear power plants that were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami and he joins us now. of course, we mention those two emergencies, want to go first to
kneejerk reactions that didn't seem to take into account the new nuances of the crisis japan is experiencing. the fact is that the idea of more nuclear energy was just starting to gain ground in the united states, given the interest in clean, abundant and cheap energy. that nuclear renaissance in america is now in danger. right now one-fifth of america's electricity comes from 104 nuclear reactors. they're expensive. companies were loathed to build them, given the tangle of regulations so the federal government offered loan guarantees to get operators to invest their money. president obama is asking for $36 billion for nuclear power in this year's proposed budget. 12 applications right now for construction and licenses. but real safety issues during unforeseen catastrophic events like what happened in japan will have to be addressed by the industry. we still need alternatives to oil and coal, but we'll have to see whether more nuclear generated electricity is part of our future. that's it for me now. brooke baldwin takes over with "newsroom". >>> we are going to take you to l
>>> utter testimony devastation. no other way to describe what's left of northern japan. coastlines littered with what the tsunami left behind. japan's bracing for what could be the next disaster. meltdown fears at two quake-damaged reactors. >> some hope, though, amid the catastrophe, survivors pulled from the rubble and rooftops. separated families being reun e reunited and rescue teams arriving in full force. >>> millions of people are running short on food, clean water, gas, the basic necessities that have suddenly become so crucial. from cnn center in atlanta, march 13th. i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm andrew stevens in hong kong. we'd like to welcome viewers in the united states and from around the world to our continuing coverage of the disaster in japan. >> as japan tries to recover from the powerful quake and tsunami there, are growing fears today the country could be hit with a nuclear disaster. this is the actual moment of explosion at a nuclear plant in tu fukushima. sea water has been poured into the reactor to cool the fuel rods. about 160 people being tested for possible
, we'll bring that to you live. in japan today here, the focus really is on this number 3 reactor. that is where we saw the video. you see it here of these helicopters dropping water. sea water in this attempt to cool it off and prevent a possible meltdown. tokyo electric or tepco is in this desperate rush to build a power line so the fukushima daiichi plant can power up its cooling systems once again. later on in this newscast, i'll be speaking with a man, an american man who was inside one of the facility, actually in a building next to one of the reactors working when the quake hit last friday. >> cracks were opening up on the ground. i looked over at the buildings around me and glass was breaking, lights, sirens, people screaming. >> can you imagine? he's a software engineer there for a couple weeks working on the power plant's computers. he has not spoken to cn nyet. but he will on this tram. we will also check in with our team in tokyo where shrinking supplies of food and gases are a growing concern. >>> a lot of ground to cover here. right off the bat, i want to show you so
of the earthquake in japan and the fallout rippling truly across the world. i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm holly graham. we would like to welcome our viewers. some startling images have come into us the last few hours after this 8.9 magnitude quake. right now live pictures for you. the west coast of the u.s. in the cross-hairs and bracing for tsunami waves. a california emergency spokesman says northern california near crescent city could see the largest waves reaching six feet within the next hour. >> watching that very closely. tsunami waves have already reached hawaii's shores. sirens have been going off across the island in a full-scale coastal evacuation has been underway. you're seeing early morning hours there. the waves a bit kicking up as you can see. >> now, kate, we want to show our views some of the dramatic video and start with a historic tremor. 8.9 magnitude. one of the most powerful in recorded history. >> it's really a truly amazing. cameras were rolling when the ground started shaking. we want to just stop and listen for a moment to the moment the earthquake struck. terrify to go even
.m. friday in japan. >> biggest one to date. oh my god. that is the biggest earthquake to date. it is still going. oh my god. the building's going to fall. >> magnitude 8.9. that's 8.9, the strongest earthquake ever in japan. then this. a massive wall of water. devastating tsunami. it swept ashore along japan's northeastern coast. surging well inland. sweeping away cars, boats, homes. almost anything in its path. hundreds of people are dead with no way to know just how high that death toll will rise. we will bring that back to you. that's the situation developing right now. we have a situation at a japanese nuclear plant, trying to cool down a reactor. the plant is called the fukishima plant. it suffered a quake-related problem with its cooling system. joining us is a professor of disaster management at the university of georgia. mr. delles, explain to us, the last we heard they're trying to release some of this radioactive steam to try to relieve some of the pressure. what will that do? >> well, what's happened is that about 11 reactors all the m ero went down, stopped on purpose due to gr
welcome viewers to our continuing coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake in japan. it has been 48 hours of hell for japan, the country is reeling from the double blow of the huge earthquake and tsunami that followed. one of the biggest concerns right now is the threat of nuclear complications. more on that in a moment. first, japan's emergency headquarters says the death toll has just passed 800. that is a number certain to rise. at least 678 are confirmed missing. more than 1400 listed as injured. those numbers only hint at the devastation. one japanese news agency reports 10,000 people missing from one town alone. local media is already reporting word from the prime minister that more than 3,000 people have been rescued. our paula hancocks to arrive in minamisanriku. she reports half of the town's 18,000 residents are simply missing. it's a town that had 18,000 citizens. that would mean 9,500 people still missing. let me get out of the shot so you can have a look at just how badly this area is damaged. where we're standing here is on the edge of town. you can see a couple of hou
and thousands more may still be buried and japan's economy is reeling. overnight the nikkei index has lost 10% of its value. since this time yesterday. explosions, fires, a possible meltdown in several of the reactors. even nuclear experts say this crisis is rapidly descending into unchartered territory. we are joined by stan grant in tokyo. what is going on now, stan? what exactly is the japanese government saying? >> reporter: carol, this takes twists and turns almost by the hour, let alone by the day. let me focus in on two things that occurred today. an explosion in the number two reactor. there are concerns this may have caused some damage to the containment vessel and that is important in the case of a full meltdown because that is the last line of defense in keeping in the nastier radiation inside the plant and not seeping into the atmosphere. a fire then in reactor number four. what appears to have happened in this disabled reactor so much heat generated that a pool of water in which there was spent fuel rods evaporated. the fuel rods according to an trs company here may have ignited
, because obviously, we are concerned about what is happening in japan. >> thank you, i'm with a japanese newspaper. i have two questions on the tragedy in japan. so you already touched on the issue in your opening statement, but i would like to ask about your personal feeling on the situation. you went to japan last year, and you went there, and now the tsunami off of the coast of japan and the waves washed away cars and houses and japanese people are devastated. i want to ask about your personal thoughts and feelings on that. secondly, you also touched on possible assistance from the united states to japan, and japanese government publicly said that japan asked for help from u.s. forces in japan. are you waiting to provide those assistance? >> the answer to the second question is yes. i told prime minister kan that we will provide whatever assistance they need. my understanding is that the main assistance that we will provide them is lift capacity. the ability for us to help in the cleanup. obviously, when you have a tsunami like this, as well as an earthquake, you have huge disruptions
: are parts made for american cars made in japan? >> a lot of parts. this is how it's going to affect almost everybody. you're getting a lot of parts no matter what. it may be electronic chips, may be transmissions. i don't think anyone has a handle on the situation, how bad it might get. it looks like it will affect toyota more than anyone else. all their plants in japan have been down, some getting back up. honda will be affected. definitely going to be pressure at the dealership level to keep the prices up, especially on models that are in high demand. so i don't expect there will be a lot of bargains for consumers this spring. probably going to be summer before the situation rectifies itself. if you're looking for something like a prius or honda fit that the supply is going to be limited, wait a couple of months. it will probably get better. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. welcome to the second hour of the cnn "newsroom" here at cnn headquarters in atlanta. a lot of news to get you caught up on in libya. but first look at amazing new video captured on march 11th on the tsunami in jap
an earthquake and tsunami slammed japan and we're still getting new video from the day of the disaster. a man if you check this out was driving along the coastal highway last friday when the tsunami jumped the sea wall, swamped his car. his car floated in to a parking lot, but he managed z to get to safety. >>> japan's nuclear agency today raised the fukushima disaster to crisis level five on a one to seven scale. this puts it on par with the three mile island nuclear accident back in 1979. but it is still below the chernobyl disaster which topped the scale at level seven. >>> crews are using helicopters, fire trucks to pour tons of water on the nuclear plant for a second day now. while they try to cool the plant, electricians are trying to hook up a new mile long power line to bring the cooling systems for two reek reactors back on line. >>> people who fled the coast are beginning to trickle back. you can imagine when they see what is left of their homes. >> translator: i have no words to express my feelings. i lost my mind. we will have to start from zero. >> here is a look at what's ahead
is happening to nuclear power plants in japan and in order to avoid the electricity blackouts we have been conducting or giving out messages to reduce electricity use. >> okay. and in terms of the rescue effort, you've obviously got an incredibly big operation under way. what sort of support are you calling in from foreign countries because you are getting an idea of exactly what it is you need? >> of course, we have mobilized long distance forces and we are in the process of expanding beyond 60,000. and police and others and, of course, the u.s. government has generously offered their intention of making use of u.s. forces in japan. so there are ongoing foreign assistance being extended from different countries. >> are you asking for extensive support or can your military handle what you need right now? >> well, actually, it is our primary mission to control the situation locally and when there are shortages of assistance, you know, we may ask foreign governments or in some cases ngos, but the current situation is that we are -- government is conducting major operations in terms of rescue
. in this hour, more images coming out of japan. we begin right in the middle of tsunami as it swept through the streets of sendai. this video almost defies belief, and we're going to take a moment and just let you hear it and let it play just as it was covered on the news in japan. >> okay. an unbelievable video, much of it new coming in to cnn. this is how it all played out on japanese television. we've been monitoring it, tijs of destruction and imagings of rescue and people who are walking around shellshocked because of what happened. large craters have opened up in the ground in many places in japan. this is a typical scene along where this tsunami and earthquake happened. there have been fires. we have seen fires at plants. and also we knee about what happened at the nuclear facility where there was an explosion and then a field of dae brie and devastation. we're told that many of these fields that you're seeing were neighborhoods at one point, but everything collapsed. impossible, pretty much, to get around parts of japan right now because the streets are covered in muck and in mud. a
on this site, there are life threatening doses of radiation. >> japan's emperor addressed his nation today. an extraordinary event reserved for times of war or dire national crises. he says he's touched by the japanese people's calm and order in the face of disaster. >>> well, foreigners scrambled to leave tokyo today. france is urging its citizens to get out now or at least head to southern japan. japan has lost control of fukushima. evacuees say they don't trust the japanese government to be forthcoming. >> i don't believe what i've been told. you know, people are evacuating. all foreigners are evacuating, large multi-national companies, foreign companies are evacuating. you don't really know what to believe. it's better to play it safe. >>> harrowing new video of the moments the tsunami struck. people scream as they try to outrun the water. >>> this is said to be ground zero for the tsunami. a coastal town home to 17,000 people. most are feared dead. a cnn i-reporter sent us this video at the moment the 9.0 earthquake struck. shot it at a tokyo department store. remember, tokyo is 230 m
cannot confirm. >>> and we continue to follow the nuclear crisis in japan as the pressure rises inside the reactor at the fukushima plant. we want to welcome the viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen and this is cnn "world report." coalition forces are taking action to try and stop libya's leader from attacking his people. officials say allied planes and missiles have taken out about 20 libyan air and missile defense targets since saturday. there you can see the skies lit up with anti-aircraft fire. they say civilians are paying a heavy price. libya reports 48 dead and more than 150 injured. cnn is not able to confirm those figures. u.s. says they will assess the damage done so far in libya. but gadhafi isn't known for giving in to international pressure. as expected he remains defiant. he says other nations have no right to intervene in libya internal affairs. he spoke on libya state tv as soon as there were the attacks. >> translator: all targets -- maritime targets will be exposed to real danger. lithuania and north africa. because of this aggression a
devastating earthquake and tsunami in japan, the biggest concern, the fallout from an explosion at a nuclear power plant, more than 83,000 people live within six miles of it and another plant as well. and they're all being evacuated. and authorities say everyone will get iodine tablets, which keep the body from taking in too much radiation. the plant is just north of where friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami hit. there have been more than 200 aftershocks since then. the numbers are astounding. more than 900 dead and a report of 9500 more missing in one city alone. that's nearly half the population. the united states, meantime, is one of about 50 nations offering help. the u.s. military is sending ships and helicopters, loaded with the humanitarian aid. search and rescue teams are also on the way. john? >> dramatic video keeps coming into cnn, so much damage and so much advimisery. the unstoppable tide racing across farmlands. these aerial pictures are from nhk. you can see what the monster wave did to this one area alone. and ireporter harrison sent us these pictures he
to start leaving japan, they can. >> wolf blitzer traveling with the secretary of state, thank you so much. we know that american companies have already started doing this, getting their employees out, moving their employees and their families in some cases and people who have been working in tokyo, now working in other cities further south, getting their families out of the country. we know companies have started doing this. >> many in the airport trying to get out. that does it for us. >> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello starts right now. >> happy st. patrick's day day to you guys, too. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. on the west. helicopters and fire trucks move in and pour water on an overheating reactor site. the latest desperate attempt to reduce radiation levels at the damaged nuclear plant and, so far, it appears to be failing. >>> the u.s. begins vaticevacua families of diplomatic staff and help other americans get out of the area as well. >>> in the meantime, the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is rising yet again. the latest numbers, more than 5,400 people
. >> thanks. >>> all right, it is march 17, and of course japan has been bombarded or -- has bombarded a crippled nuclear plant with water, a desperate attempt to cool nuclear fuel rods. helicopters donned 30 tons of sea water, but wind scattered much of it. radiation levels actually rose. a few hours later, fire trucks hosed down the plant with little success. officials will keep trying. >>> crews hope to restore electricity to the nuclear complex. maybe within a matter of hours. that could power generators for the cooling system to keep nuclear fuel rods covered in water, but even if electricity is restored, the plant's water pumps may have been damaged by the sea water that was dumped. >>> and a new earthquake hit japan a few hours ago. seismologists say it had a preliminary magnitude of 5.8. dr. sanjay gupta was reporting live on cnn when the quake struck. >> reporter: we're feeling an aftershock right now. i'll tell -- i don't know if you saw that, but things moving around a bit on us even as i'm talking to you. these aftershocks have come quite frequently. it's still continuing h
from tide. >>> a busy three hours. following the latest developments out of japan and libya and that will continue. see you on monday. have a great weekend. >> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello starts right now. >> thank you. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. on the west and i'm carol costello sitting in for kyra phillips. >>> two huge stories echoing around the world. in japan new developments in the nuclear crisis and a new measure how dangerous the situation is. >>> in libya the world takes action against a dictator and the fear he could slaughter his own people. we are looking at the no-fly zone, the united states role in that and the military strikes that could begin at any time. >>> there are quickly developing events in the libyan civil war. libya's foreign minister has just announced an immediate cease-fire. the move comes after the u.n. security council approved a no-fly zone and that cleared the way for possible military action against moammar gadhafi's regime. a french official today said strikes will take place swiftly. the mood in the rebel held city of
, people in your community to overcome this crisis so that japan can be a better place. we can build together. this is the message aid like to emphasize to the japanese people. >> a 60-year-old man, tsunami victim, survived two days at sea and today, a ship actually rescued him. the crew spotted him clinging to part of a roof and waving a homemade red flag. his wife was swept away in the tsunami. >>> and in other top stories, witnesses say security forces fired guns and tear gas at protesters in yemen's capital. they were gathered outside sena university. at least ten people were wounded. 100 others sickened by the tear gas. protesters are angry over high unemployment and what they see as government corruption and a lack of political freedom. >>> in bahrain, more violent anti-government protests. police fired tear gas at one of several demonstrations in the kingdom's capital. in another protest, several people were hurt at bahrain university when supporters of the royal family faced off with student protesters. bahrain's government denies that any unjustified force was used against t
earthquake and tsunami slammed northern japan. >> president obama will answer reporters' questions in an hour. today's natural disaster, libya's civil war, rising gas prices, all of those things on his radar, and right now in houston, texas, doctors are updating the condition of arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords, shot in the head, you may recall, at the first medical briefing since late january. we'll get an update on that. i now want to go to tokyo, japan, that's where our kyung lah is there, and if you could, set the scene for us. what do we know right now? >>. >> reporter: well, what i want to tell you, suzanne, is kind of take a look behind me. it's after 1:00 a.m. here in tokyo, and the city is virtually stuck in gridlock here. this is a city of 13 million people, and these millions of people are still trying to get home right now because even though the earthquake struck in the mid-afternoon here friday, people are still trying to get home because the rail lines are shut down. the other problem, if you take a look up above, above the road here. that's the highway. many highways h
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libya coverage just ahead. first, new setbacks at the crippled nuclear reactor in japan. despite efforts to spray water on the crippled reactors, smoke is now spewing from two of them. world health officials say radiation in the food supply is much more serious than first thought. ♪ professional driver on a closed course. ♪ do not attempt at home. always wear your seat belt. ♪ and please drive responsibly. [ male announcer ] it's the most fun you can legally have. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers on the c-class. >>> now to crisis in japan, the death toll in japan has risen to more than 8,600 and more than 13,000 are missing. >> new troubles at the crippled fukushima plant. smoke could be billowing from number two and number three reactors. >> the u.s. government is making potasium iodine pills available to u.s. military families in japan. the pills block harmful effects of radiation on the thyroid. >>> the japanese government banned the sale of milk and spinach products because of high levels of radiation. the world health organization says the food s
. just ahead, new video of the tsunami in japan unlike any you have seen before. i promise you, it is heart pounding. >>> just when we thought we had seen all the dramatic tsunami video over the past two weeks, we were wrong. this was recently posted on youtube. it is a fishing port of 75,000 people. the tsunami traveled about six miles up the bay before reaching the city. take a look. we will have much, much more on that video coming up next hour on cnn. kes esh kesennuma is close to the fukushima plant in japan. the nuclear facility is now a hot pin cushion. spikes of radiation are pulsing throughout the complex. some readings today were so high that even japan's safety department did not believe they were accurate. an earlier testing showed they were an error. ocean water 1,000 feet from the plant today shows radiation levels more than 1,800 times higher than normal, 1,200 yesterday. wow. >>> here in the united states, flooding, hail, snow and avalanches. big weather headlines to tell you about. jacqui jeras is here. jacqui, as we look at that new video, what did you say? >>
unfolding international crises. libya under fire and japan battling back from natural and nuclear disasters. cnn on top of both these stories. nic robertson in tripoli with jill dory and jim bittermann. >> and ed henry is traveling with the u.s. president obama in south america. and in japan martin savidge is live in tokyo. >> retired general wesley clark and psychologist wendy walsh join us for analysis. >> i want to welcome our international viewers from around the world. i'm don lemon. >> and i'm jonathan mann from cnn international. let's get you caught up now on the latest news. >> we start in libya where the u.s. fired the first missiles inside libya just a short time ago. before that, french fighter jets made the first strike against moammar gadhafi's forces, destroying military vehicles. the international community is enforcing the u.n.'s no-fly zone over libya, pressuring gadhafi to stop killing his own people. we'll have a live report from tripoli in just a few minutes. >>> president obama, meantime, weighing in on the libya situation in brazil, the first day of his five-day trip.
. gather tuchman, japan. >> thanks for the being with us this afternoon. news room continues right now with ali velshi. >> have a great afternoon. i'll pick up exactly where you left off. bring on the water and hook up the power. those are the two main strategies for bringing down the heat and, therefore, the danger at the nuclear plant that incredibly has overshadowed the natural disasters in japan. witness an act right here of sheer desperation. japanese helicopters trying to douse a super hot reactor building. reactor number three at fukushima daiichi. they dropped 7.5 tons of sea water in each of four runs over 40 minutes and appeared to have accomplished little other than to expose the crews to radiation. later, fire trucks tried to hose the building down and that's supposed to continue through the night. at the same time, the work is under way to restore electricity that was knocked out by the tsunami, electricity that runs the pumps that keeps the reactor water circulating and the fuel rods at stable temperatures. that's the whole goal of this mission. i want you to see what tho
in syria. the regime holds the weapons. >>> in japan, concern over radiation levels in the sea water. tests show radiation has spiked in the fukushima daiichi plant. it is not clear where the radiation is coming from. they are trying to figure out if there was a leak at one of the plants damaged by the earthquake two weeks ago. >>> accused cop killer, jamie donald hood is in jail today. he surrendered to police in georgia last night after a long hostage standoff. hood is accused of killing two officers. hood was watching the standoff. negotiators went to communicate with him and he released four hostages during the standoff. four others were freed when hood surrendered. >>> we are still waiting to find out who is america's newest multimillionaire. officials say one ticket bought in albany, new york had all of the numbers. the jackpot is $319 million. >>> now back to libya. two days before president obama talks to the american people about the u.s. role in libya, our sandra endo has the latest. >> reporter: the president is expected to layout the objective in libya. that speech is set for mo
at the pentagon. >>> let's go to japan where fears continue to spread, the death toll continues to client. today marks one week after the massive earthquake and the devastating tsunami which battered the country. 6,911 are confirmed dead and another 10,000 are still missing. survivors across japan observed a moment of silence today at the exact time that the quake struck. many still wearing face masks, many of them still in shock. a lot of the survivors are huddling in nearby shelters. japanese media reporting some 380,000 people in shelters. what makes matters worse, some of the shelters with without power and facing freezing temperatures. some survivors are returning home for the first time since the tsunami like this retired firefighter. he lost his home and entire family. >> translator: my wife, my son's family and four grandchildren. i lost them all. >> as for the nuclear crisis, things are not looking much better in fukushima. japan's nuclear agency raised the crisis level on the damaged planted there. you're looking at it, from a four to a five. that raises it to the same level as three m
? and we would encourage that. >>> japan's nuclear crisis took another scary turn today. tap water in tokyo, a city of 13 million, is contaminated with radioactive debris. levels are twice now the amount considered safe for babies. officials also increased restrictions on food today. 11 types of vegetables tested positive for radioactivity. >>> hong kong today banned food imports from five regions of japan. the government says japanese tu turnips and spinach contained as much as ten times the accepted levels of radiation. black smoke poured from reactor number 3 at the fukushima nuclear plant. that happened today. authorities evacuated workers but say that the radiation levels have not speiked today. two workers were injured while working with an electrical panel, and despite constant setbacks, crews say they're making some progress. >> it has settled down quite a lot compared to the beginning, and we could even begin to see a bright hope that maybe it would somehow work out in a little bit. we are constantly switching over all the time since the work cannot be stopped. >>> here's your chan
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strikes against libya and the setback on the power plant in japan. that's next on cnn news room. >>> i want to get you up to speed. the united states carried out a new round of air strikes on libyan military targets overnight. a spokesman suggests u.s. combat operations may have peaked. the u.s. role is in the no-fly zone. it's moving from action to patrolling phase today. libyan handlers took journalists to see damage inside gadhafi's compound. that happened earlier today. a possible missile wrecked a four-story building. gadhafi was not the target. >>> defense secretary robert gates arrived in russia today as that country's prime minister turned up the heat. putin ripped the united states for what he called a steady trend of intervention abroad. >> we expected in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition and be a member of the coalition and have a military role in the coalition. >> arab league president is toning down his criticism of the coalition attacks. he met with u.n. secretary moon in cairo today sa
from japan. one, two, three, four ♪ you say ♪ flip it over and replay ♪ we'll make everything okay ♪ walk together the right way ♪ do, do, do, do >>> the sky in libya lit up by more tomahawk officials. president obama says he wants the dictator out but removing him from power is not the mission of the allies. the coalition goal is to protect citizens from attacks by gadhafi and his loyalists but the big question today is what is happening with this coalition of nations once so willing to work together, is it starting to fray? let's bring in retired general wesley clark who is live in little rock. there seems to be confusion about who is exactly in charge of this mission. i mean, norway seems confused and britain and italy say nato should take over but france nato should not take over. an american plane went down today. this isn't exactly the best time to figure out details like this, is it? >> no, but sometimes this happens. this is -- the administration has to work with its allies and it has to put together these coordination measures and control measures and has to do it in h
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